Instagram reverts back to original Terms of Service

In a blog from Kevin Systrom (co-founder) Instagram is going to keep using the same Terms of Service since they launched in 2010.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

The internet was in uproar this week after the announcement of the new TOS.  From concerns on how the photos would be used, if your kids pics could be sold, among other issues.  The blog also goes on saying..

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

This is the subject that caused the biggest uproar and got a few high-profile users like National Geographic to suspended their accounts in light of the new changes.  Apparently we were misinformed of their intentions.  The following is copied directly from the TOS that caused such an uproar.

You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

So Instagram has listened, however they still need to make money. Since they offer a free app they have to create revenue somewhere.  I guess in the coming months we will see what their idea is.

 

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Star Trek: Captain Worf TV Series

Remember when he got that pimple?

Remember when he got that pimple?

It has been confirmed that Michael Dorn is working on a Worf TV series.  ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!  Don’t get me wrong I love the direction that J.J. Abrams has taken with the franchise but I don’t think I could get enough of Worf.  A visit back to the TNG (The Next Generation) era of Star Trek would be fabulous.  This is a quote from Michael Dorn’s exclusive “scoop” during an interview with Trek News..

I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this. ”

As to the direction of the show, that is still unknown.  At the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finale “What You Leave Behind”  he was made the Federation Ambassador to Qo’noS (the Klingon home world).  Star Trek: Nemesis (which falls after DS:9) left no clues, his reason aboard the ship was to hitch a ride to Riker and Troi’ second wedding ceremony on Betaze.  However I should note that he was wearing a  standard Starfleet uniform, with the rank of Lt. Commander (according to the Pips on his uniform) and not the attire of an ambassador.

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Bert

Star Wars fans to build a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon

mil-fal-1A group in Nashville, Tenn have undertaken the grueling task of recreating the ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.  Yes, the Millennium Falcon!!  Headed up by Chris Lee they have plans to build a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon that will be 114 feet in length.  Their site is already loaded with pics of turrets, panels among other things.  I can’t wait to see this pop up on Google Earth.  Go over to their site to learn more about their project.  The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

 

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Bert

Are we living in the Matrix?

pillsThe Matrix.  In the 1999 Wachowski film, humans are harvested for energy by sentient machines.  The humans are kept in a simulated world called the “Matrix” unaware of their true surroundings.

A few years later in 2003, British philosopher Nick Bostrom published a paper in the Philosophical Quarterly called “Are You Living in a Simulation?”  Basically he argues that one of these are true:

  • The human species is likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage.
  • Any posthuman civilization is very unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of its evolutionary history.
  • We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.

Now scientists at the University of Washington have proposed a way to test this theory.  The problem with testing Dr. Bostrom’s theory was limitations in our current technology.   UW professor Martin Savage and physics graduate student Zohreh Davoudi say they have come up with a method for testing whether this universe we call home is a simulation – even a simulation within a simulation.  In their paper “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation” they present the idea that they can test this theory by studying cosmic rays trying to find or not find any constraint limits in the rays.

“In our present day simulations in the very small volumes, we already see that particles have a maximum possible energy.

With finite computational resources, it will be the case that this is true in simulations of our universe performed by our descendents, of which we might be one.

The issue then becomes what is that maximum value and can we see it today in the spectrum of ultra high energy cosmic rays?”

Here is how it was presented by UW in its article “Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

I have added wiki links to make understanding this easier.

“Currently, supercomputers using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics and starting from the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe can simulate only a very small portion of the universe, on the scale of one 100-trillionth of a meter, a little larger than the nucleus of an atom …

Eventually, more powerful simulations will be able to model on the scale of a molecule, then a cell and even a human being. But it will take many generations of growth in computing power to be able to simulate a large enough chunk of the universe to understand the constraints on physical processes that would indicate we are living in a computer model.

However, Savage said, there are signatures of resource constraints in present-day simulations that are likely to exist as well in simulations in the distant future, including the imprint of an underlying lattice if one is used to model the space-time continuum.

The supercomputers performing lattice quantum chromodynamics calculations essentially divide space-time into a four-dimensional grid. That allows researchers to examine what is called the strong force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature and the one that binds subatomic particles called quarks and gluons together into neutrons and protons at the core of atoms.

“If you make the simulations big enough, something like our universe should emerge,” Savage said. Then it would be a matter of looking for a “signature” in our universe that has an analog in the current small-scale simulations. …

If such a concept turned out to be reality, it would raise other possibilities as well. For example, Davoudi suggests that if our universe is a simulation, then those running it could be running other simulations as well, essentially creating other universes parallel to our own.

“Then the question is, ‘Can you communicate with those other universes if they are running on the same platform?’” she said.”

So which is it going to be the Red or the Blue Pill?

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Bert

Star Wars Episode VII Announcement Next Month.

Weird

Weird

Kathleen Kennedy, in an interview with ABC News Radio, stated that pre-production will start in the Spring, and that there is an announcement coming next year.

What else can she tell us about the new Star Wars project?  She teases, I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say.

This should be an announcement for the director, which most are guessing will be Matthew Vaughn.    Sorry not much of an update, but Disney has been very tight lipped about this.

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.

Bert

Why hasn’t McDonald’s released the McRib Yet.

Football season has started and we are now entering into winter.  For a month now I have checked the marquee at McDonald’s waiting to see  “McRib is back!” slogan.  But that day has never come so i took to the internet to see what is going on, and what I have found is apparent greed.

Because of  low sales, we got stuck with the C.B.O.  Although not a bad sandwich, it isn’t a McRib.  According to Time, we won’t see the McRib till the end of December to help give a boost at the end of the quarter.

 

The most interesting part of my research is this website McRib Locator, a site dedicated to pinpointing McDonald’s that are currently serving McRib’s.

 

Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars Episode VII?


According to Collider in a recent interview at the Premiere of Seven Psychopaths actor Jason Flemyng might have made a slip concerning Matthew Vaughn’s possible duties with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise.  You can see the slip at 1:11.  Click the links in the article to read further into the story, and remember to “follow” to keep updated with the latest Episode VII news.